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    App to diagnose buggy Windows computer.


    A buddy of mine has a sister who has a Windows desktop computer(not sure what model or which version of Windows) and he told me that she told him it's been "Freezing Up" and he told her that I might be able to fix it for her.
    She's not interested in doing a Linux install so that's out(but that'd be my fix) and I guess there's stuff on the computer that she wants to keep so I can't just do a re-install of Windows either. Anyway, I wonder if anyone knows of a good app, program or Distro that I can put onto a DVD or USB stick and boot to so I can give the hard drive a once over to check for viruses, malware, ext. to see what's going on with it?
    I have a "System Rescue CD"(don't ask what Distro it is or what's on it, probably got it from Distro Watch a year or so ago.) and also the Trinity Rescue CD but I just wonder if there's something that might work better for a Windows OS and I'm sure it'll need a good virus/malware scan on it as well. Thanks in advance for any help ya'll an give.
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    If she can boot into Windows

    Game Launchers not working - Windows 7 - Smartest Computing

    I am a mod there and you might be smart to join that forum on her computer and let Broni fix what is wrong online.

    It is free.

    Just another good site.
    http://www.computerhope.com/forum/

    Boot cd http://www.hirensbootcd.org/hbcd-v152/
    Last edited by rokytnji; 09-22-2014 at 04:50 AM.
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    Filename: Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    Filesize: 592.5 MB (621283886 bytes)
    ISO MD5: 7EFC81ADBBD551D56F6021C439C6837C
    ZIP MD5: D342BBD6BF7554ABA24A376E41675DBF
    Download Hiren?s BootCD 15.2 | HBCD Fan & Discussion Platform

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    http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page...nt&id=SOLN2612
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    I see on the Hiren's BootCD that it's a zip file and not an .iso. I'd like an iso so it'd be easy to use UNtebootin or Xfburn to make up either a USB or DVD to boot to. Not sure how to use a zip file.
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    Duh>unzip it. 592MB zip. Arch must be dumbing you down.
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    LOL, I know you unzip a zip file but once it's unzipped is it a standard .iso that I can just burn to DVD or use UNetbootin to put on a USB or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNFrank View Post
    LOL, I know you unzip a zip file but once it's unzipped is it a standard .iso that I can just burn to DVD or use UNetbootin to put on a USB or what?
    Well, it was a .iso for me when I burned it to cd. I don't know about you rednecks in Tennessee.
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    Started to download it but download speeds was between 30Kbs and 80Kbs so I aborted the download. I did a speed test and I'm right at my 5.7Mbps so it must be their servers, not on my end.
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    I use wget in terminal myself

    Code:
    harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ wget http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    --2014-09-22 21:06:09--  http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    Resolving www.hirensbootcd.org (www.hirensbootcd.org)... 46.4.65.18
    Connecting to www.hirensbootcd.org (www.hirensbootcd.org)|46.4.65.18|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
    Location: http://mirror.lstn.net/hirensbootcd/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip [following]
    --2014-09-22 21:06:10--  http://mirror.lstn.net/hirensbootcd/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    Resolving mirror.lstn.net (mirror.lstn.net)... 64.31.0.235, 2607:ff68:1:41::100
    Connecting to mirror.lstn.net (mirror.lstn.net)|64.31.0.235|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 621283886 (593M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: ‘Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip’
    
     1% [                                       ] 6,950,585    338KB/s  eta 27m 51s
    Edit: Done,

    Code:
    harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~$ wget http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    --2014-09-22 21:06:09--  http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    Resolving www.hirensbootcd.org (www.hirensbootcd.org)... 46.4.65.18
    Connecting to www.hirensbootcd.org (www.hirensbootcd.org)|46.4.65.18|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
    Location: http://mirror.lstn.net/hirensbootcd/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip [following]
    --2014-09-22 21:06:10--  http://mirror.lstn.net/hirensbootcd/Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    Resolving mirror.lstn.net (mirror.lstn.net)... 64.31.0.235, 2607:ff68:1:41::100
    Connecting to mirror.lstn.net (mirror.lstn.net)|64.31.0.235|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 621283886 (593M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: ‘Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip’
    
    100%[======================================>] 621,283,886  371KB/s   in 29m 9s 
    
    2014-09-22 21:35:19 (347 KB/s) - ‘Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip’ saved [621283886/621283886]
    Code:
    harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~/Isos$ ls
    BurnCDCC.exe  DefaultKeyboardPatch.zip  Hiren's.BootCD.15.2.iso  salix
    BurnToCD.cmd  HBCDCustomizer.exe        Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip
    changes.txt   HBCD.txt                  puppeee
    After cleanup of Windows cruft

    Code:
    harry@harry-Latitude-XT2:~/Isos$ ls
    Hiren's.BootCD.15.2.iso  Hirens.BootCD.15.2.zip  puppeee  salix
    Last edited by rokytnji; 09-23-2014 at 02:54 AM.
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    I use Hiren's tools also. Lots of good stuff there for diagnostics and recovery. All of that stuff you can get by bits and pieces, but he packages them nicely for easy access.

    As for serious Windows problems, I boot a live Linux CD/DVD/USB image, attach an external HD (formatted with FAT or NTFS), mount the Windows partition(s) and copy the files I want to save to the backup drive. Then I reinstall Windows from scratch, and copy the data back to the system that I saved.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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